What are Dental Implants?

Today, dental implants are a routine procedure. Implants can be used to replace teeth, support permanent bridges and missing teeth, or support full/partial dentures. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as tooth root substitutes and function as an anchor to stabilize artificial teeth. Once the implant is placed, it is allowed to integrate into the jawbone for a short period of time, enabling it to become firm and stable. After several months, the implant can then be used to support an implant crown, implant fixed bridgework, or implant supported dentures.

An Alternative to Dentures

With implants, we can replace one, some, or even all of your missing teeth and help eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges. Dental implants also act to stop the deterioration in the jawbone, which occurs when the natural teeth are lost. Implants are made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are bio-compatible with body tissue. In fact, dentures themselves can be firmly secured by implants. Strategically placed implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone. These implants connect to your dentures and are secured in your mouth, keeping the dentures from moving or coming out entirely.

As an alternative to dentures, we can use implants to strategically create a support mechanism for permanently cemented bridges, thus eliminating the need for a denture. Implants resemble and “feel” like the real thing, and improve chewing ability compared to dentures. For this reason, dental implants are quickly becoming the alternative choice to traditional dentures. However, dental implants are not for everyone and each patient must be thoroughly examined with diagnostic x-rays to evaluate proper bone support. Implant supported reconstructions are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. The success rate of implants are high and provide a more convenient effective tooth-replacement solution for many patients. Dr. Rajpal has years of experience reconstructing patients’ mouths using dental implants and can help determine if these implants are right for you.

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State-of-the-art technology in implant dentistry makes it possible to provide replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Call Dr. Rajpal at (310) 273-1199 to schedule a consultation and learn if dental implants are right for you!

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